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Throw Down Your Heart Reviews

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Sophie Harris
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 6, 2009
This is an honest journey into discovery that reveals the connection music brings between cultures where commonality is not always easy to find.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Laura Bennett
Boston Globe
July 9, 2009
Fleck is an ideal protagonist for a film about the adhesive power of music and inadequacy of speech. Even as the plot sags and he grasps clumsily for words, his fingers on the strings are almost momentum enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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New York Post
April 24, 2009
The movie is at least 20 minutes too long. By the time Fleck gets to the final stop, Mali, the film, directed by Sascha Paladino (a half-brother of Fleck), has worn out its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 24, 2009
When Ms. Sangare sings a heartbreaking lament of "a worried songbird" searching for her father, you don't need to know the language to be gripped by the force of her cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 23, 2009
Fleck comes across as respectfully curious and eagerly collaborative while exploring the roots of his favorite musical instrument.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
April 22, 2009
All the jams are fabulously stirring but not sappy, especially when Fleck duels with a Gambian man on a three-string akonting (forefather to the banjo), but there's nothing more to the film.
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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
March 13, 2009
It's an entertaining journey, and director Sascha Paladino injects humor and pathos into the musical sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4